Punjab Tourism Summit 2023: Punjab is all set to host its first-ever Tourism Summit and Travel Mart, with preparations in full swing. The aim of this summit is to promote tourism in Punjab to strengthen the state’s economic position. As part of this initiative, a dedicated mobile application will also be launched.
Punjab’s Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Gagan Maan, mentioned that the state government is in the process of launching a dedicated mobile application with the goal of facilitating seamless communication between investors and tour operators. She stated that this app will work as a one-stop platform, providing a unique experience for those interested in investing in the tourism potential of our state and for travelers looking for exceptional experiences provided by tour operators.
Minister Anmol Gagan Maan also highlighted the heritage circuit theme under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, which has approved projects worth 91.55 crore rupees aimed at boosting tourism in Punjab. She mentioned that there are expectations for these projects to be completed by December 2023. She added that an effective amount of 67.00 crore rupees has already been released for these projects.
Anmol Gagan Maan mentioned that to streamline processes further, the state government has introduced three initiatives to reduce the additional burden on people and businesses. These initiatives include Farm Stay, Bed and Breakfast Homestays, and Tented Accommodation and Camping Sites, all of which can now be registered online. She informed that the department currently has 56 Farm House properties, 84 Bed and Breakfast units, and 7 Tented Accommodation units registered.
She also highlighted that the government has already allocated resources for hosting various festivals and events, such as the 6th Military Literature Festival, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Faridkot district, and enhancing the state’s art and culture through collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) listed in the MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding).
Minister Anmol Gagan Maan provided information about upcoming initiatives for 2023-24, which include upgrading Border Tourism, enhancing the Anglo-Sikh War Museum, improving Shaheed Bhagat Singh Street, and initiating Wellness Tourism and Cultural Policies.